Hello, my book loving friends and happy readers. Finding Wonderland is dressed and ready for something fun today – a book tag! It’s been a while since we participated in one of these around this part of the webverse, so today seemed as good a day as any to get this party started. weird
The talented Emilie of CreateExploreRead (aka Thinking Thoughts) tagged me in my first (ever!) booktube tag. Many, many
thanks to Emilie for the tag. If you’ve not visited Emilie’s channel, please do so. She’s not only a talented supporter of authors, and a huge support system to them, she’s also a wonderfully helpful pro to and for this community. I’ve only “known” her the last
couple of months, but it’s been fun to be a newbie booktuber with her.
Emilie tagged me in the RIP IT or SHIP IT tag 2017, which I am thrilled to pieces to have been tagged in. There are tags I really want to take part in (and did film, only to discover I look like a yellow monster because lighting!), but haven’t. Being tagged in this one is most fun though since watching this tag done on other channels is way fun. Stands to reason then that putting it together would be fun, right?
The answer is a resounding yes.
The rules are straightforward and simple. You place a bunch of characters from various books in a jar and draw two names. You then decide if you “ship” them (whether or not you can see them paired together) or “rip” them (the very thought makes you cringe). I put a few TV show characters in my jar (because I’m a total TV fangirl) plus various book characters.
RIP IT OR SHIP IT TAG 2017
Oliver Queen: First name I pulled out of the jar was none other than my favorite, Oliver Queen. A very confident, strong character who, literally, could subdue you with nary a glance, Oliver is a protector. He’s a wealthy billionaire “playboy” who’s five years missing out on the real world (during which he was marooned on an island) has taught him a great deal.
Moving on, it’s time to draw another name from the jar (unless I can ship him with myself, and call it good??)…
Sierra: The leading lady from Jay Asher’s What Light, Sierra is a confident young lady who lives in a very different world than Oliver. Whereas Oliver comes from a dark world “ruled” by the criminal minds of his city, Sierra lives in a well-adjusted
Thoughts: Both are from the 21st century, but other than seeing them in a protective older brother/younger sister relationship, I’m
Conclusion: RIP IT!
Beckett Walker: From Melissa Tagg’s Keep Holding On, I adore Beckett. A lawyer who’s been running from his past from far too long, despite these flaws, he’s an all-around wonderful guy. ‘Nuff said.
Let’s see who we might ship him with…
Anna of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Hiding under the veneer of a “darker” personality because she’s protesting having been sent to Paris, Anna is a sassy personality who I ship (so much) with her leading man, St. Claire.
Thoughts: Um, yeah, no. Whether or not their personalities mesh, the age gap (for me) doesn’t work. There comes a time when an age gap doesn’t matter, but at seventeen and 28? 30? (I can’t remember how old Beckett is), nope, I’m not for it.
Conclusion: RIP IT!
So I drew these two names, but encountered a filming snag meaning part of my ramble onscreen about them was cut off. This potential ship is…
Elizabeth Bennet: Since I haven’t read the Austen original, when I added Lizzie’s name, in my mind I was thinking of the Lizzie of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies who is, if possible, an even more dominant personality than the “original” Lizzie. Two words: expert swordswoman!
*goes to draw name*
Jim Avery: Familiar to those of us who love novels from Sarah Sundin (Through Waters Deep), Jim is a naval officer who (eventually) pursues the girl who’s silently been crushing on him for years. But in the meantime, many misunderstandings keep them both at arm’s length.
Thoughts: My initial thought with these two was, RIP IT! But the more I talked about them, and thought about it, I began to wonder: what if!? Could a story about these two as leading characters (sans the zombies, maybe) be interesting? I think so.
True they come from different eras (she from the 1800s, he the 1940s), but for their time and situation, they’re both fighting for the greater good.
In conclusion… SHIP IT! (Because I can *wink*)
That’s a wrap on today’s post! Let me know down be if YOU like any of these couples together, or if you’ve done this tag – I’ll come visit!
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